Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board
Stormwater Management Regulations AS 9 VAC 25-870 [4 VAC 50 ‑ 60]
Action Amend Parts I, II, and III of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit Regulations to address water quality and quantity and local stormwater management program criteria.
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 8/21/2009
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7/8/09  10:21 am
Commenter: Benjamin Ray, concerned citizen

Stormwater Regulations






I would like to add my comments in support of the Stormwater Regulations and I feel that they should pass in the current form.

My family has been boating and using the Bay and its tributaries since I was five years old. Our family has been using the Bay for three generations. We just returned from a trip to Alaska and it seems as if Alaska is still undeveloped and unpolluted. I feel that the Chesapeake Bay should be the same. I realize that it will never be Alaska but we should do what we can to restore the Bay and its tributaries to a "clean" state.

Some discussion points against the regulation and the counter point are listed below.

Too expensive to comply

It will be more expensive, but costs are in the ballpark of current requirements that already exist in some localities.

Current regulations provide for off-set programs that can provide additional flexibility and lower costs.

Economic recession has hit the development industry hard and now is not the time for new regulations

The new stormwater regulations will not go into effect for at least 2 ½ to 3 years


We should not sacrifice future clean water based on current economic conditions. The developers had many years of growth. If we don't do it now it will only become harder to do it in the future.

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